Center for research on heart disease in women
Solstrand Hotel & Bad

Female Heart Workshop 2022

The Female Heart workshop takes place at Solstrand Hotel & Bad outside Bergen on May 19th and 20th 2022. The workshop is hosted by the Centre for Research on Cardiac Disease in Women at UiB and focuses on sex differences in cardiovascular risk and disease. The program includes lectures from key national and international researchers in the fields, and targeted group discussions for PhD fellows.

Eva Gerdts

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The aim of the workshop is to create an opportunity for interaction and networking between junior researchers and national and international researchers in the field. PhD students are welcome to submit an abstract to the workshop. Accommodation will be covered for presenting PhD students, but not travel costs.

For registration and more information, please contact Hilde Jacobsen at 



May 19, 2022
12:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Section 1. Sex differences in left atrial dysfunction
Chair: Professor Maja-Lisa Løchen (UiT, the Arctic University of Norway) 
13:00-13:30 Renate Schnabel (Hamburg University): Atrial fibrillation in women. 
13:30-14:00 Professor Otto Smiseth (University of Oslo): Assessment of LA function: State of the art 
14:00-14:20 Discussion
14:20-14:45 Coffee14:45-16:15 Section 2. Nutritional factors and CVD disease Chair: Professor Jutta Dierkes 
14:45-15:15 Professor Joline W.J. Beulens (Amsterdam University): Is vitamin K intake more important for the female heart? 
15:15-15:45 Professor Anette Buyken (Paderborn University): Choosing low glycemic carbohydrates to prevent type 2 diabetes -more relevant for females?  
15:45-16:05 Discussion
16:05-16:30 Coffee

16:30-17:45 Section 3: Abstract presentations PhD fellows
Chair: Senior researcher Helga Midtbø (University of Bergen [UiB])

16:30-16:40 Hilde Espnes (UiT, the Arctic University of Norway): Risk factors and prognosis for heart failure in atrial fibrillation subtypes in women and men

16:40-16:50 Åslaug Matre Anfinsen (UiB): Concentrations of amino acids, blood lipids, one-carbon metabolites, and vitamin biomarkers in the hours after a meal: Results from the Hordaland Health Study 

16:50-17:00 Annabel Eide Ohldieck (UiB): High-normal blood pressure in midlife is a stronger predictor for development of hypertension in women than in men: The Hordaland Health Study

17:00-17:10 Trond Røed Pettersen (Haukeland University Hospital): Sex differences in incidence of self-reported adverse drug reactions after percutaneous coronary intervention

17:10-17:20 Marit Sandberg (UiB): Maternal congenital heart disease in deliveries in Norway 1994-2014

17:20-17:30 Karoline Hansen Skåra (Norwegian Institute of Public Health): Risk of cardiovascular disease in women and men with subfertility: the Trøndelag Health Study

17:30-17:40 Linn Nilsen (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway): Hypothetical interventions and risk of atrial fibrillation in a general population of adults. Application of parametric g-formula to the Tromsø Study
20:00 Dinner

May 20, 2022 
07:00-08:15 Breakfast

08:30 – 10:00 Section 4. Reproductive history in cardiovascular disease
Chair: Professor Nina Øyen
08:30-09:00 Senior researcher PhD Maria Christine Magnus (Norwegian Institute of Public Health): Infertility and risk for CVD
09.00-09:30 Professor Rolv Skjærven (UiB): A women’s reproductive experience: Long-term implications for chronic disease and death
09:30-10:00 Discussion
10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30-12:00 Section 5. Sex and gender in CVD Chair: Professor emerita Grethe S. Tell
10:30-11:00 Professor Tone M. Norekvål (UiB): Cardiac rehabilitation of women with CAD
11:00-11:30 Associate professor Gerhard Sulo (University of Bergen): Socioeconomic gradients in heart failure mortality in Norway 
11:30-11:50 Discussion

11:50-12:00 Professor Eva Gerdts (University of Bergen): Concluding remarks
12:00 Lunch